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"The Next Big Thing Is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business." Jack Uldrich and Deb Newberry, March 2003

Don't read Crichton's Prey for the science--or the story
Chris Phoenix December 06, 2002 In Prey, Michael Crichton attempts to build a case for nanotech being scary and dangerous. However, things couldn't happen in real life the way they do in his story. This review analyzes numerous errors in science, logic, and fact that pervade and cripple Crichton's argument. Don't trust any author who thinks that thermite explodes, glass is porous, and evolution can happen without reproduction. In the real world, nanotech may in fact pose some dangers--but you can't learn anything about it from reading Prey.

See also Falling Prey to Science Fiction "...so I'm going to point out something almost as obvious about Crichton's book: the factual situation that he relies on for his story is one that could only happen if the researchers in question were (1) stupid; (2) criminally negligent; and (3) willing to violate the consensus ideas about nanotechnology safety." Glenn Harlan Reynolds on Michael Crichton's new novel Prey.

Metaplanetary Tony Daniel

"Our Molecular Future: How Nanotechnology, Robotics, Genetics, and Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Our World." Douglas Mulhall, March 2002

Engines of Creation: The coming era of nanotechnology K. Eric Drexler

Nanosystems - Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation K. Eric Drexler Foreword by Marvin Minsky

Technogenesis Syne Mitchell

Viral Intelligence Don DeBrandt

Richard Phillips Feynman Books

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